Daphnis placida (Walker, 1856)
(one synonym : Deilephila salomonis Rothschild and Jordan, 1906)
MACROGLOSSINAE,   SPHINGIDAE,   BOMBYCOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Daphnis placida
(Photo: courtesy of Jan MacDonald, Finch Hatton, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are green with a blue and a yellow stripe along each side, and a strongly back-curving black-tipped yellowish horn.

Daphnis placida
(Photo: courtesy of Lyle Radford, Ipswich, Queensland)

The caterpillars have been found feeding on various plants in APOCYNACEAE, including

  • Fever Bark ( Alstonia constricta ),
  • Kopsia ( Ochrosia elliptica ),
  • Kilner's Ochrosia ( Neisosperma kilneri ), and
  • Banana Bush ( Tabernaemontana angustisepala ),

    as well as

  • Muskwood ( Alangiumm villosum, CORNACEAE ).

    Daphnis placida

    The adult moth has a complex pattern of light and dark brown on the wings, and a white bar across the first abdominal segment. The moth has a wingspan of about 6 cms.

    Daphnis placida
    (Photo: courtesy of Tom and David Sleep, Brisbane, Queensland)

    The species is found over south-east Asia, including :

  • Borneo,
  • New Guinea,
  • Thailand,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • northern New South Wales.

    Daphnis placida
    Fiji
    , 2001


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 16.2, 29.5, pp. 71, 412.

    Peter Hendry,
    The Hawk Moth Daphnis placida (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae: Macroglossinae),
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 71 (December 2013), pp. 1, 4-5,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 197.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 8 (1856), p. 186, No. 8.


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    (updated 8 April 2011 17 December 2013)